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The Pleasures of Growing Citus Indoors

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The Pleasures of Growing Citus Indoors
Christmas is over and we can’t get outside to plant for a few more months.  I decided to try something to help the winter blues. I bought a Citrus x meyeri (Meyer lemon) tree to brighten up my house. If you have been in the Kemper Center, there is a Citrus ‘Ponderosa’ (giant lemon) in the West Window. When it is blooming, it reminds you of spring and that was my inspiration. My tree stands about 20” tall and loaded with blooms. The smell fills my living room. ...
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You Can Grow Orchids in Your Home

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You Can Grow Orchids in Your Home
Here it is February, and it is somewhere between winter, spring and an arctic blast.    It is comforting to see flowers in bloom at this time of year.   The Missouri Botanical Garden Orchid Show happens this time of year because that is when the orchids bloom.  That is why orchids can also be such great plants to grow in your own home.    Here in Kemper’s east window, where the plants enjoy very bright morning sun (without getting too hot)...
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Cacti and Succulents on Display

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Cacti and Succulents on Display
The camellias in the Linnaean House are just starting to bloom and will be in full-flower in February (continuing into early April) but now is a great time to explore the wonderful world of cacti and succulents on display there as well. Of course there are cacti on display but a great many succulents are not true cacti but members of several other plant families. These plants have many features that make them look like cacti, namely, swollen stems and spines or thorns but their ori...
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